Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Running With Wild Horses

Janet Chester Bly

Wild Horses at Sunset
Wild Horses at Sunset
There’s nothing more pastoral and peaceful than the sight of horses grazing, whether they’re wild or tamed. And nothing more exciting than to watch horses run, whether on a track, along the beach, in a pasture, or across the desert. The pounding of stony hoof beats on a hard desert floor starts with a long, low rumble. Then a whiplash of speed, mane and tail flowing, muscles rippling with grace and power.

A friend once told me of her horse getting tangled in a stallion fight. A vice grip of teeth ripped his hide. His beautiful neck and throat became a puffed mass of dry, curled skin, his head nearly torn off. He had a busted knee and nearly every rib broken.

Another time she told me of running with wild horses. “The sensation’s like trying to capture the wind. No, it’s more than that. Like entering into the whirl of raw freedom and capturing wildness itself.” 

A band of wild horses usually consists of a harem of mares and colts and a dashing, spirited stallion. The
Running with wild horses
dominant mare leads the band, but always aware of the stallion’s commands. They can make a rapid exodus in an orderly, single-file manner with the aid of the mare. However, there’s a sad fact. If one of the mare’s foals becomes separated from her during a chase, the mare rarely returns. The foal’s left to wander and fend for itself.

An adventurous Indian in the Old West days would gallop into a wild horse herd, lariat coiled over the arm, ready to cast it over the neck. Then he vaulted off his own pony and chased the captive, letting out rope as slowly as possible until the mustang dropped to the ground. 

He would hobble the forelegs and tie a thong around the lower jaw. After loosening the lariat, the mustang could rise to its feet to buck, rear, and plunge. But the hobble and thong kept it under control. When the horse stilled, the Indian edged forward hand over hand along the rope until he could touch and stroke the horse. About three hours later, when the captive seemed subdued and resigned to its fate, the animal could be led or ridden back to camp.

Another Method involved control of the newly caught mustang with a thin thong around its muzzle. When jerked, it exerted hard pressure on the nose. The Indian soothed the frightened horse with grunts deep in the chest while he tried to place a blanket on the pony. If the horse protested, he jerked the thong. After a while, he determined the right moment to rest his weight on the pony’s back and swing a leg to mount.

More Wild Horses at Sunset
Like the warning goes, don’t try this on your own. Novices getting near wild horses is not recommended. Especially if the stallion of the group whistles with a sharp, loud blowing breath through nostrils, a neigh like a distress call. Or cocks his ears, swishes his tail, and twitches his lips and nose. When every nerve’s taut and alert, his head held high, and tail arched like a pluming banner, stay away. He’s liable to explode, to lunge with gnashing teeth and lightning hooves. He’ll kick like fury with powerful, muscled hind legs.
On the other hand, they can whip away and vanish in an instant if they sniff a scent they don’t like.

Reba’s attention roved to the wall above the table. “You’ve hung up some new pictures.” She ran a finger around a black and white framed photo of a young man naked to the waist who raced bareback in a herd of wild horses. In another the same male stood barefoot on top two horses, one hand raised, one held the reins. “Is this you?”
The old man swelled his chest and shoulders. “Yes.”
(From Wind in the Wires)
Janet Chester Bly
with sons: Aaron, Mike, & Russ
Janet Chester Bly is the widow of award-winning western author Stephen Bly. Together they authored and co-authored 120 books, both fiction and nonfiction for adults and kids. She and her three sons finished Stephen's last novel, Stuart Brannon's Final Shot, a Selah Award Finalist
Janet’s first solo adult novel, Wind in the Wires, Book 1, Trails of Reba Cahill, will be released in November in paperback, eBook, and audio edition. It’s a contemporary western mystery, a road adventure with a touch of romance. 
Stuart Brannon's Final Shot by Stephen Bly and family
Stuart Brannon's Final Shot


  1. Thank you for your every interesting blog. I think horses are some of God's most beautiful animals.

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    1. Melanie: I so agree. Thanks for the note! Blessings, Janet

  2. Hello Janet. I have wanted this book since first time I saw it and heard this story of how it came to be. I think it was so interesting that you and your sons finished this book. But I don't usually buy books unless it is really reduce, because of my salary.I do love watched the horse. I used to have a horse, named Cochise. I enjoyed your post. Maxie
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    1. Greetings: Appreciate your note. Love the name Cochise. Half the fun of owning a horse is finding great names for them! Blessings, Janet

  3. Very touching article! I'm a native Texan and horses are one of my favorite animals! Such a strength and and beauty.


    1. Caryl: Thanks for your note. Texas and horses just go together! Blessings, Janet

  4. I've always loved horses--even owned a few when I was younger. It's a dream of mine to see an actual herd of wild horses.

    1. Vickie: Thanks for the response. Fewer visible herds of wild horses. How fortunate for my heroine Reba Mae Cahill to interact with one! :-) Blessings, Janet


    What are the terms for pardon under the New Covenant? Did Jesus give us the terms of forgiveness from sin before He died or after His death and resurrection?


    1. Luke 18:18-22 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? .....20 "You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' Do not murder,' Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' ' Honor your father and your mother.'" 21 And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth." 22 So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "you still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; come, follow Me."(NKJV)

    Would the rich ruler have been saved had he obey Jesus? Yes. Was Jesus giving the terms for pardon under the New Covenant. No, He was not.

    2. Mark 2:1-5....5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic,"Son, your sins are forgiven you."(NKJV)

    Were the sins of the paralytic forgiven? Yes. Was Jesus saying that under the New Covenant men will have their sins forgiven because of the faith of friends? No. He was not.

    3. John 8:3-11....10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the women, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?" 11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."(NKJV)

    Was the woman condemned by Jesus? No, she was not. Was Jesus saying that under the New Covenant if no man condemns you that I will not condemn you? No, He was not.

    4. Luke 23 39-43 .....Then one of the criminals who was hanged blasphemed Him, saying , "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us". 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying , "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds ; but this Man has done nothing wrong."42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into your kingdom." 43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."(NKJV)

    Was the thief saved? Yes. Was Jesus giving the terms for pardon under the New Covenant? No, He was not.


    Mark 16:14-16 After He appeared to the eleven...16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.(NKJV)

    Jesus gave the terms for pardon, under the New Covenant, after He was resurrected.

    Luke 24:36-47 ....."and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.(NKJV)

    Peter gave us the terms for pardon under the New Covenant at Jerusalem on 33AD. Acts 2:22-41
    Peter preached the terms for pardon under the New Covenant.

    Faith: John 3:16
    Confession: Romans 10:9
    Repentance: Acts 2:38
    Water Immersion: Acts 2:38

    Jesus never told one person that under the New Covenant they did not have to be baptized in order to be saved.

    Jesus never told one person that under the New Covenant they did not have to repent to have their sins washed away.

    Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ; for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift , the Holy Spirit. (The Living Bible -Paraphrased)